422 HISTORY OF PERSIA CHAP, LXXVI fortunate for Persia. By the terms of that instrument the third instalment of the indemnity had to be handed over to the Russian representative on the 2yth of August, , failing which, that power had the right to annex Azerbaijan. With characteristic Persian levity, no arrangements were made for the payment of this money, and but for the friendly vigilance of the British Envoy it would not have been forthcoming. In the autumn a special mission under M. Grebaiodov reached Teheran from the Tsar. It was received with much distinction and honour, but the Envoy's claim that two Armenian women should be given up by the Asaf-u- Dola created much ill-feeling. The women were sur- rendered, but the decision of the chief MujtMd that it was lawful to rescue them from the hands of the infidels caused a riot. The bazaars were shut, a mob stormed the Legation, and the Envoy and his staff were murdered. The Shah, in utter dismay, despatched his grandson Khusru Mirza to offer the apologies of the Persian Government and to express horror at the outrage. Russia was engaged at the time in hostilities with Turkey and was unwilling to drive Persia by any act of harshness to side with that power. Consequently, not only were the demands of Russia limited to the exile of the chief Mujtahid and the punishment of the guilty individuals, but in addition Tsar Nicholas generously remitted a crore of tomans of the war indemnity.